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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, big name acts are finding ways to “tour.” The Avett Brothers and Hippie Sabotage are among the local and national bands performing at drive-in venues in the Charlotte area this month.
Beyond drive-in concerts, artists are getting creative with shows on Facebook Live or with socially distant shows at breweries and other local venues. Below is a list of where and when you can get your taste of live music again in August in and around the Queen City.
Safety first: If you do plan on attending an in-person performance, please do so responsibly. Wear a mask when you’re not eating or drinking and stay a safe distance from others.
The Avett Brothers will perform live at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 29. The concert, which is sold out, will have room for 1,500 cars, and will also be broadcast on the speedway’s 16,000 square-foot television screen. Fingers crossed for a second night.
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(2) Hound’s Drive-In
Hound’s Drive-In Theater in Kings Mountain, just 40 minutes from Uptown, will host four drive-in concerts this month.
Thursday, August 6: Larry Keel Experience, The Grass is Dead. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70 per car.
Thursday, August 13: BIG 3 Drive-In Fest: Celebrating the Music of the Grateful Dead, Phish and Widespread Panic featuring Cosmic Charlie, Machine Funk, and Nectar. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70 per car.
Friday, August 21: Christian rock band Casting Crowns will be performing on August 21 at dusk. Gates open at 7 p.m. and tickets for cars with six passengers or less are $100.
Thursday, August 27: Hippie Sabotage, an EDM duo, will also perform at Hound’s Drive-In this month. Tickets are $45 for the driver, plus $30 for each passenger (minimum two people per car). Masks are required when you’re not in your vehicle.
(3) The Music Yard
The Music Yard, located between SouthBound and Mac’s Speed Shop on South Blvd, will continue its Summer Drive-In Series.
Saturday, August 8: “Strawberry Muzik Yard” with Clark on the Sax, Jerry Feels Good, Kckbck, 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $50 (4 people max) for a small sedan to $200 (8 people max) for a VIP picnic table. Tickets.
Sundays: “Sundaze: Brunch, Booze & Beats.” Expect a DJ spinning, $25 mimosa pitchers, and brunch food from SouthBound.
(4) Middle C Jazz
The uptown jazz club was able to reopen with limited seating since it is private, seated, and has restaurant service. Middle C Jazz will host 12 performances throughout August, with in-person ticket prices all $35 or less, and tickets to watch the concerts via live stream available for free or a donation. Check out the venue’s calendar for more information and to purchase tickets.
Every Friday and Saturday evening this month, the Anne Springs Close Greenway, right over the border in Fort Mill, has live music and outdoor dining. These events are members only. Memberships start at $5/mo for individuals and $10/mo for families. Check their Facebook event for the latest on who’s performing.
Here’s a round-up of upcoming live and local virtual concerts on Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms.
Josh Daniel’s Quarantine Sessions: Josh Daniel is still at it, performing live every day on Facebook at 6 p.m., as he’s done since March.
Live Streaming On A Prayer With Courtney Lynn & Quinn: The folk duo will perform live every Thursday at 7:30 p.m on Facebook and Instagram.
No Contact Concert Series: Catawba Brewing Company, Codex Sound Company and Midwood Entertainment have teamed up for four free Saturday night live stream concerts, which run from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cicada Rhythm will perform August 1, Fireside Collective on August 8, Chatham County Line on August 15 and Amythyst Kiah on August 22.
Elonzo Wesley Live Stream From Petra’s: Folk musician Elonzo Wesley will perform a live stream concert from the Plaza Midwood venue Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Unplugged+Live: The Polk Duo & Ke’Andra: The August 20 event will feature performances from the guitar and voice duo, and R&B and soul singer, as well as a post-concert Q&A. Register for the 7 p.m. event on Eventbrite to receive a streaming link.
Featured image by Key Vision Photography, courtesy Hound’s Drive-In/No Parking Party